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FOLK 523 640 Folk Religion

A . Griswold
Seminar: 5:30-8:19 PM


Religions, organized or not, as they are actually lived and practiced continue to flourish in the U.S. and around the world. Anthropology and History, as well as folklore have produced useful theories and methodologies for understanding religion as it is lived. This course will sample, critique, and practice approaches to the ethnography of beliefs and practices and the analysis and interpretation of the resulting descriptions. All explanatory frameworks will be considered in terms of their descriptive methodologies, internal logic, and methods of acquiring and evaluating evidence, and their means of transmitting explanations. We will emphasize folk religions in their traditional contexts and in migrant situations.

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